下田光 HIKARI SHIMODA (b.1984)

Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda was born in 1984 and graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Arts. In 2008, she worked as a lecturer at Nagano College of Art. She was selected to hold a solo exhibition at the Motto Gallery in Tokyo, after became more active in international galleries. Influenced by Japanese manga and anime during her youth, her works often depict a world where cuteness and horror coexist through rich and colorful coloring techniques. 


Shimoda's works, which use bright candy colors to portray innocent children, are actually incredibly dark and melancholic. Her creations are influenced by Pop Art, which often features cute and eye-catching elements, but can also express serious, dark, or deep-seated issues. Today, her works are exhibited in galleries around the world, including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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